The United Nations has been encouraging communications and outreach initiatives on Yemen’s transition since 2012, including through the provision of expertise, funding and logistical support. Support was provided to the Preparatory Committee to develop a communications and public outreach strategy for the National Dialogue, and later for the Secretariat to establish a Media Centre and Community Outreach Unit. The objective was ensuring the transparency of the Dialogue and political processes, engaging the public-at-large across Yemen, allowing public participation in the decision making process through a special mechanism, and providing feedback to the National Dialogue. Key to all of this were traditional and new communications tools, awareness campaigns, field visits and face-to-face meetings.
Martin Griffiths: Track II efforts complement official negotiations, and lay the foundation for peace-building in Yemen
Martin Griffiths to CNN: There is an urgent need to de-escalate the conflict in Yemen
The Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen, Martin Griffiths stressed the importance of turning the calls for de-escalation in Yemen into action. Speaking to Becky Anderson, on CNN's Connect the World on Thursday, Griffiths mentioned that there is "a very strong desire to move from war to peace in Yemen", adding that the challenge now is to turn the calls for de-escalation into action. "What we now urgently need to do is to see what are the first steps that we can make on de-escalating this conflict to give some space for the political process." Griffiths clarified that while a ceasefire is not a pre-condition for resuming political consultations, "the urgent need now is to do something on the issue of downing the temperature of the war while we move towards talks." The Special Envoy confirmed that he is working on re-launching the political talks this month, adding that no firm date and venue have been decided yet.